Inventory of the Raymond Carver Photographs

The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
© 2006
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Raymond Carver Photographs

Collection number: MS 130

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
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Date Completed:
September 2006
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© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Raymond Carver photographs
Dates: 1938-1988
Collection number: MS 130
Collector: Carver, James
Collection Size: 1 box

31 photographs
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: A small collection of thirty one family snapshots of Raymond Carver's early family life.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives : Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Raymond Carver photographs . MS 130. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from James Carver in 2006.


Raymond Clevie Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon on May 25, 1938. In 1941 his family moved to Yakima, where Carver grew up, graduating from Yakima High School in 1956. On June 7, 1957, he married 16 year old Maryann Burk, who had just graduated from high school. In December of 1957 their first child, daughter Christine LaRae, was born. A son, Vance Lindsay, was born in October of the following year.
For the next dozen years one or both of the young parents were enrolled in various colleges and universities while holding a continuous succession of menial jobs. Carver wrote his first story, "Furious Seasons," while a student at Chico State College in California. After two years there, the family moved to Eureka, where he attended Humboldt State College, eventually becoming editor of the campus literary magazine Toyon. In the spring of 1962 Western Humanities Review accepted "Pastoral" -- Carver's first story published. The very same day, he received word that Target had accepted his poem "The Brass Ring" for publishing.
After graduating from Humboldt in February 1963, Carver moved to Berkeley, but by autumn the family had moved to Iowa City so he could attend the two-year master's program of the Writers' Workshop. They stayed only one year, however, before moving back to Sacramento, California, where Carver's parents were living. Financial difficulties continued, but he continued to write, and began to garner some success in getting work published. The next several years found them moving often, ending up in the Bay Area by the late 1960's. In 1970 "Neighbors" became the first of Carver's stories to be accepted by a major magazine, Esquire.
In 1971 he began teaching, despite finding it "a terrifying prospect." His first lecturer position was at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The following year was at UC Berkeley. During this time his drinking became more and more of a problem. In the 1973-74 academic year, he tried to teach at both the Iowa Writers' Workshop and at UCSC, without either school being aware he was teaching at the other. Meanwhile, his first collection of short stories, Put Yourself In My Shoes, appeared. Nonetheless, by the following year, when he was to teach at UC Santa Barbara, his alcoholism made the situation untenable and he was forced to resign. He continued a downward spiral, hospitalized for acute alcoholism on four separate occasions.
June 2, 1977, was called by Carver "the line of demarcation" between his "two lives": it was then he had his last alcoholic drink. It was too late to save his family life (he and Maryann eventually divorced but were already separated, and his children were estranged from him), but he soon recovered his ability to teach and desire to write. By the 1978-79 academic year, he held a writer-in-residence position at the University of Texas, El Paso. There he began a relationship with the poet Tess Gallagher, whom he had met the previous year at a conference in Dallas. They moved in together January 1, 1979, and they stayed together until his death in 1988. Jobs took them to Tuscon, Arizona, and then to Syracuse, New York, where Carver had his first permanent teaching post. Throughout the 1980's he continued to write stories and poems, enjoying ever-increasing success. Then in the fall of 1987 Carver was diagnosed with lung cancer, which by the next spring had spread to his brain. In June of 1988 he and Tess were married in Reno, Nevada. They returned to their home in Port Angeles, Washington, making only a brief trip to Alaska before Raymond Carver died on August 2, 1988.

Scope and Content of Collection

A small collection of thirty one family snapshots of Raymond Carver and his family from his earliest years to his death.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Carver, Raymond--Archives

Container List

Photo 1

Ella (mother), Raymond Jr. 1938

Photo 2

Ella and Ray Sr. holding Raymond Jr. ca. 1938

Photo 3

Raymond and Dad (Ray Sr.) ca. 1940

Photo 4

Raymond ca. 1940

Photo 5

Raymond and Dad, Easter morning ca. 1942-1943

Photo 6

Junior (Raymond) ca. 1943

Photo 7

Raymond, James, Dick & Sue ca. 1945

Photo 8

Junior (Raymond), James & Muggs ca. 1945

Photo 9

[Father, Raymond, Mother & James] ca. 1944

Photo 10

[Raymond] ca. 1944

Photo 11

[James, Raymond & Father - fishing] ca. 1948

Photo 12-14

Ray & James ca. 1946

Photo 15

Grandfather & Grandmother Casey, Ray & James ca. 1948

Photo 16

Ray ca. 1948

Photo 17

Ray, Toby the dog, & James ca. 1952

Photo 18

Ray, Ella [Mother] and James ca. 1952

Photo 19

Raymond, James, Grandmother and Grandfather Casey ca. 1954

Photo 20

Ray, Maryann, James ca. 1956

Photo 21

James and Ray on steps of Apartment 408 in Chico, CA ca. 1956

Photo 22

Raymond, Ray's Father (C.R.), Aunt and Uncle (Father's sister and brother) ca. 1956

Photo 23

James, Ray, Dad ca. 1956

Photo 24

Ray at Chico State ca. 1958

Photo 25

Ray and Maryanne at their wedding reception June 7, 1957

Photo 26

Maryanne, Ray, Christy, James in Arcata ca. 1961

Photo 27

Christie, Ray, Maryanne and James ca. 1960-1970

Photo 28

James & Ray ca. 1971

Photo 29

Raymond Carver 1972

Photo 30

Ray, Uncle Bill Archer in Yakima ca. 1986

Photo 31

[Memorial photograph of Raymond Carver] 1988